Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler have been banned from all PokerGO events for the 2022 season due to cheating accusations. Both of them are high-stakes professional poker players and are very well-known.
During the start of the Poker Masters, Daniel Negreanu, another professional poker player noticed that Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler were absent which was surprising as both of the players were regulars at major tournaments. It was confirmed that Poker Masters tournament organizer PokerGO had suspended the two grinders over allegations of cheating.
“The PokerGO Tour (PGT) today announced the indefinite suspensions of Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler from tour play, effective immediately. The suspensions will extend through at least the 2022 PGT season, upon which time a review will take place. The PGT is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity and emphasizes proper conduct to ensure the safety and security of its players and events,” said PokerGo in their official press statement.
Schindler and Imsirovic were accused of cheating by several other pros for using a real-time assistance software online to cheat in live poker tournaments. However, the allegations have not been proven, and neither player has commented publicly about the accusations on them.
Jake Schindler ranks 12th in HendonMob.com’s all-time money list and Ali Imsirovic is the reigning PokerGo Tour Player of the Year after triumphing in 14 high roller tournaments in 2021. Both players are among the best tournament grinders in the world. Before the cheating accusations, Negreanu had dubbed Schindler as “one of today’s best players” and according to HendonMob.com both have combined earnings of more than 53 million USD.
Driven by the new GGPoker-led Poker Integrity Council the poker community now has a zero-tolerance policy against cheaters and are now working to blacklist any integrity and ethics violator from the poker industry.